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The clock is ticking down for first time home buyers. You need to act NOW to make sure that you don’t miss out on the $8,000 from Uncle Sam.
Here is the fast, quick information you will need to see if you qualify for the $8,000 tax credit for first-time home buyers from The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
- You must be a first time home buyer, defined as not owning a home in the past 3 tax years.
- Tax credit amount is 10% of the sales price of the home up to a maximum of $8,000.
- There is NO price limit on the sales price of home.
- Maximum income to receive FULL tax credit is $75,000 for a single person, the limit for married couples is $150,000.
- You can receive a PARTIAL tax credit for income levels up to $95,000 for a single person and $170,000 for married couples.
- There is no payback or penalty as long as you stay in home as your principal residence for 3 years.
- You must CLOSE on your new home on or after January 1, 2009 or before December 1, 2009.
***IMPORTANT: Congress passes tax credit extension. Must have binding sales contract dated on or before April 30, 2010 and close on or before June 30th, 2010.
This is the quick & dirty information that you need right now for the $8,000 Tax credit. For more detailed information you can go HERE.
It is a great time to be a home buyer. This is the perfect time to by a home, especially 1st time home buyers, as long as your job is secure. If you feel safe in your current employment/job, then there are just so many positive reasons to now buy a home. Don’t miss the “gravy train!”
Really low mortgage interest rates
High inventory levels. Plenty of home options
Depressed, low prices (buy low, sell high)
Please contact me if you have more questions or need help.
IMPORTANT: I’m just trying to help the “average Joe home owner” to understand the new $8,000 tax credit. I have to put this” CYA” disclaimer in my post. Please consult a tax professional or accountant for more details and eligibility questions regarding the $8,000 1st time home owner tax credit. I’m not an accountant or tax professional.
Good luck out there!
IMPORTANT: Blog post modification. The source (Ohio Association of Realtors-OAR) for this blog post was inaccurate. I am sorry for the confusion. OAR incorrectly stated that new changes will apply to all single family homes. This is incorrect. Changes on April 1st will apply only to condominiums and investment properties. See previous blog post for more information: https://mybuyerbrokerblog.com/2009/01/08/new-condominium-loan-guidelines-for-2009/ I am sorry for the confusion.
Wow, this is incredible new (bad) news. It looks like the only good option for home buyer’s will probably be an FHA loan. Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are both toughening their credit score and down-payment rules as of April 1.
In response, major lenders are already factoring in the higher fees, which reduces the effectiveness of the stimulus efforts.
Under the new guidelines:
- Buyers with down payments of less than 25 percent will be charged a three-quarter point add-on penalty, no matter how high their credit score
- Buyers of duplexes, where one unit is owner-occupied and the other is rented, will be charged a 1 percent add-on
- Refinancers who take cash out will be charged as much as three points if they have a low to moderate equity stake.
Freddie spokesman Brad German says the loan categories and credit risk combinations targeted by these fees “default at four-to-eight times” the rate of other mortgages backed by Freddie. “We have to manage these risks appropriately,” he says.*
Good luck out there!
*This blog post referenced “Ohio Association of Realtors” email newsletter.
Even a small amount ($25, $50, $100) added to your mortgage payment each month when applied to the principal can have a significant impact on the total amount of interest you pay as well as how long you pay it.
For example, if you divide your monthly mortgage payment by 12 and add that amount to your monthly payment each month by the end of the year you will have paid the equivalent of an extra mortgage payment for the year—a 13th payment—all invested in principal reduction!
That 13th payment can make a big difference. For example, let’s say you borrowed $200,000 at 6.5 percent interest with a 30 year term. Your monthly payment would be a shade over $1,264 a month for principal and interest. By adding an extra $100 per month ($1,200 per year) you would pay off your mortgage in just over 23 years, knocking almost seven years off the loan and saving over $73,000 in interest.
Contact your lender to find out how they apply extra payment money from you. Some lenders may apply your extra money that you pay above your monthly payment amount automatically to your principal.
However some may appy it to your escrow account to pay taxes or insurance which is NOT what you want them to do! Make sure you read the fine print, and call (or write) your lender to confirm what they will do, or how you can assure that the extra money goes to reducing your principal balance.
Tip: Sending a separate check and clearly marking the “memo” field with your loan account and the phrase, “Apply to Principal”will help assure proper credit and provide strong documentation of your extra payments. Again, check with your lender.
Tip: Don’t bother with offers from your lender or 3rd party companies that offer to charge you money (often as much as $200-$300) to set up a bi-weekly payment program—you can accomplish the same thing yourself without their help—for free.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Although this is a great strategy to accomplish the twin goals of saving money and increasing equity in the capital asset that is your home, this may not be the best use of your financial resources.
Interest rates for home mortgages tend to be lower than most other consumer loans and your financial profile may suggest a better use for this money—like paying off higher interest consumer loans first.
Anytime you pre-pay extra money on any installment loan it has the same effect as investing your money at that interest rate. So if you had an extra $100 should you pre-pay it on a home loan at 6.5% or a consumer loan at 10%, for example? And don’t forget that mortgage interest is usually fully tax deductable, whereas other consumer interest is not.
Therefore, we recommend consulting a qualified financial advisor for a proper evaluation of your total financial picture before proceeding with this strategy.
Last week, Andy Show, owner of Buyer’s Resource was a guest on the top rated AM radio station in Central Ohio. WTVN Radio (610) interviewed Andy on two good topics:
1. How does Federal Fund rate adjustments affect local mortgage rates.
2. Builder incentives on new build home artificially inflate prices of homes.
This is my first attempt at posting sound to my blog. AKA, podcast.
You can listen to the short interview here:
Last week, National City Bank announced that they will lay off 900 employees from their National City Mortgage division. National City has decided to shut down their wholesale mortgage department. The wholesale department was responsible for originating first and second mortgages with other mortgage brokers. National City will still originate mortgages to the consumers through their branch office networks.
National City Bank is the the state of Ohio’s largest bank. The layoffs can be directly tied to the problems in the sub-prime mortgage crisis. This is another example of Banks “circling the wagons” and tightening credit options. As an Exclusive Buyer Agent I am actually more concerned with the trend of banks restricting or tightening credit options then with the layoffs. Tightening credit options & layoffs are both terrible for our economy. But, in my opinion, the bank management decisions to tighten credit and make it harder for the consumer to obtain mortgages will be a lot more detrimental to our economy and recovery in the long run. Contact me if you have any questions or if you are looking for a lender.
It has been a rough year for the real estate market & mortgage industry. But this week there was some good news, the US Congress extended legislation that makes mortgage insurance payments tax deductible until 2010. This legislation is one of the “bright spots” that will really help new and existing homebuyers for the next three years. Deducting the cost of mortgage insurance tax returns is expected to SAVE eligible borrowers $200 – $400 a year. The tax legislation, originally approved in December 2006, is basically the same expect for the three year extension. Borrowers whose annual adjusted gross income is $100,000 or less can fully deduct their mortgage insurance premiums from their 2007 – 2010 tax returns for homes purchased or refinanced during those time frames. Borrowers with incomes between $100,000 and $109,000 are eligible for a reduced tax break under the law. You can contact me if you further questions.
Below are some great links and a video that really help explain & understand mortgage insurance (MI) and last year’s tax legislation.
News Story – One Step Closer To The American Dream!
Yikes, times continue to be rough in the real estate market, especially for new home builders & lenders. Yesterday another good builder in central Ohio closed its doors for good. C.V. Perry & Co. has gone out of business due to serious financial troubles.
C.V. Perry & Co. was a good, solid builder that had been around for 60 years. C.V. Perry “folding up” was not as unexpected as Centex Homes leaving the central Ohio market last year. Centex Homes leaving our market was a total surprise to many people. I’m pretty confident that C.V. Perry probably won’t be the last builder in central Ohio to call it quits or to be bought out by a competitor.
Hmmm, let me guess, maybe Dominion Homes might be the next fatality. It seems like Dominion Homes has been hemorrhaging cash forever and has had a “ton” of lending problems (see additional links below). If you are new home buyer in this market please make sure you are protected. You need to make sure you fully understand your builders deposit policy. Don’t risk losing your deposit money. Contact a real estate attorney ASAP if you have any questions. Good Luck!
Great News! The Federal Reserve (Fed) on Tuesday had a bigger than expected drop in the federal funds rate. The aggressive drop will really help the local real estate market. Lenders in central Ohio now have approximate 30 year mortgage rates in the “low” 6% range. Many “so called” experts predict additional lower adjustments by the Fed over the next three to nine months.
In my opinion, in 2008 we will see many loan program rates between 5.50% – 5.99%. The low rates and Buyer’s (slow) market continue to make it a great opportunity to purchase a new home.
Current homeowners should continue to watch the mortgage rates to see if it would be advantageous to refinance their mortgage. You can click here to check your local mortgage rates. If you have questions about possibly refinancing then I would recommend that you contact your mortgage originator/lender or your Buyer agent for more help and information.
The home sales still continue to be slow across the country and in the Columbus Metro area. Slow home sales impact Sellers and make it more a “Buyer’s Market”.
This is a very good time for a Buyer in Central Ohio to be purchasing a new home. Especially a first time home buyer that does not have a home to sell. Mortgage interest rates are still at low rates. The State of Ohio has the highest foreclosure rate in the country.
The high inventory of foreclosed homes is a big plus for potential homebuyers.